Make Things (Happen), installation view of display units holding 41 activity sheets, plus work table with art supplies. Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Activity sheets on display unit, wood, paint, cotton rope, 84” x 97.5” x 3.5”
Display unit, wood, paint, cotton rope, 84” x 49.5” x 3.5”
Installation view of make your own activity sheet station, plus what artists make happen Venn diagram by Christine Wong Yap.
Activity sheets by (top row): Pavel Romaniko, Kari Marboe & Erik Scollon, Melissa Miller; (lower row): Kevin B. Chen, Nick Lally, Lauren F. Adams, Tattfoo Tan; and (bottom row): Dionis Ortiz
Activity sheets by (top row): Piero Passacantando, Genevieve Quick, Lu Zhang, Laura Napier; (bottom row): Lexa Walsh, Ariana Jacob, Helen de Main, Alex Wilde & Emily Chappell.
Activity sheets by (middle row): Susan O’Malley, Mary Rothlisberger, Julie Perini.
Activity sheets by Bean Gilsdorf (left) and Brian Zegeer (right).
Make Your Own Activity Sheet station with copier/printer and display area for leaving copies of new sheets for others to take and use.
Newly contributed sheets.
Lauren Marie Taylor (right) discusses her star chart activity with Lexa Walsh (left).
Participants with Pavel Romaniko’s miniature Joseph Kosuth Three Chairs activity (left, in hands), Mail Order Bride’s/M.O.B.’s power positions corporate handbook page (lower right), and Lauren Marie Taylor’s star chart activity (upper right).
Mystic Pizza crust divination activity sheet by Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed at neighboring offsite location, Lanesplitter Pizza.
Interface’s windows were a display area for completed activity sheets, such as these sheets by Nick Lally and Dionis Ortiz, by Lila, age 6.
First shown in New York in 2014, Make Things (Happen) was expanded for an Oakland, CA exhibition with 45 artist-created activity sheets, interactive work stations, offsite locations, and artist-led public events.
Make Things (Happen) was initially exhibited in Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration, curated by Deb Willis and Hank Willis Thomas at Nathan Cummings Foundation (Mar. 27–Oct. 2, 2014) and NYU Tisch School of the Arts DPI (Oct. 16–Nov. 29, 2014).
The expanded project comprised the Make Things (Happen) exhibition at Interface Gallery in Oakland, CA (Feb. 4–Mar. 1, 2015).
During the February 6 opening reception, the public could probe the twin histories of astronomy and astrology with Lauren Marie Taylor, and make a star chart, create new constellations, then officially name and dedicate their very own star. Read my interview with Lauren on knowing, believing, and psychomagic.
On February 7, Meal Ticket with Lexa Walsh brought together different individuals for a home-cooked meal and recipe exchange to facilitate conversation and community. The recipes will be complied into a community cookbook, creating a unique group identity, while the meals propose a temporary utopia to encourage a hospitable democracy. Read my interview with Lexa about Meal Ticket and hospitable democracy.
See completed activity sheets and more tagged #mkthngshppn.
“Make Things (Happen) includes a great many more participating artists, which means a lot more choices for us. While some of the artists’ instructables can be executed solo, Yap is a great fan of the Venn diagram: Overlapping with others is the real payoff.”
“a fun and fascinating reminder that art is not only visual, but social as well.”
“At first, I was skeptical toward the invite, but soon realised that most of us need a prompt to think about actually making something. ...This project is never-ending, loose-ended. Something might come of it, something might not, but with the array of genuinely fun and simple actions proposed, the results are on us, not the artist.”